WHERE TO? Andy writes that it’s anybody’s guess where the Hokies will go bowling. My guess is the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. The fact that Tech’s never been there and the firing of Tom O’Brien at N.C. State both enhance Tech’s chances at that bid.
JACKETS: Also in that story, Andy gets into the Georgia Tech discussion we had yesterday:
Last season, UCLA was granted a waiver to play in a bowl with a 6-7 record after losing the Pac-12 title game to Oregon. But the NCAA’s Board of Directors specifically addressed that scenario in August, outlining a selection protocol that created a pecking order of pools of teams to be chosen for a bowl should there not be enough eligible schools.
Conference champions who finished 6-7 are on that list, but that’s only if there aren’t enough bowl-eligible teams. Right now, there are 70 eligible teams for 70 slots in 35 bowls, which could create a BCS-or-bust scenario for the Yellow Jackets.
ACC officials confirmed that Georgia Tech has filed a waiver to be bowl eligible in the event of a loss in the league title game, although no one seems quite certain how the NCAA will rule now that the scenario is written explicitly into the rules. It’s unclear if the ACC’s contractual agreements with certain bowls will play into that decision.
SO… I’m thinking Rick was right yesterday. The Lawsuit Bowl might kick off the postseason should the NCAA allow GT in over some 6-6 team ahead of it in the pecking order laid out by the NCAA.
RARE WHIFF: For the first time since joining the ACC in 2004, no Hokies make first team all-conference. UVa left tackle Oday Aboushi and linebacker Steve Greer did make it. Tech’s second team selections were defensive end James Gayle, linebacker Jack Tyler and cornerback Antone Exum.
FOREVER YOUNG: Doughty writes that the Virginia football team has some good young pieces to build on defensively.
STEPPING UP: The 5-0 Hokies face their first team from a major conference tonight when they host Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC challenge. “They’re big, they’re strong and they’re physical, and we haven’t seen that yet,” coach James Johnson says. “So we’ll see how we do against that.”
STEPPING UP, PART II: Duke moves up to No. 2 in the latest AP poll. UNC is 14th and N.C. State is 18th.
LONGO LOCKED UP: Evan Longoria signs a contract that could keep him in a Rays uniform through 2013.
OLD CAM: Cam Newton throws two touchdown passes and runs for two scores as the Panthers hand the Eagles their seventh straight loss.
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: The Nets top the Knicks 96-89 in overtime in the first meeting since moving to Brooklyn.
NAME THAT TUNE:
Come lay beside me, this won’t hurt I swear
She loves me not, she loves me still, but she’ll never love again
She lay beside me, but she’ll be there when I’m gone
Black heart scarring darker still, yes she’ll be there when I’m gone
Yes, she’ll be there when I’m gone
Dead sure she’ll be there…